Alice Cooper w/ No Quarter (Led Zeppelin Tribute)
Sunday, June 30 @ BMO Harris Pavilion, 8 p.m.
Cooper, born Vincent Furnier in Detroit, first performed as one of The Earwigs, a group made up of cross-country team members from Phoenix’s Cortez High School that mimed Beatles songs during a lettermen talent show because they hadn’t yet learned to play instruments. The non-musicians became stage-struck, and a career soon followed.
The Earwigs became The Spiders, then The Nazz,
but the band changed its name again so as not to be confused with Todd
Rundgren’s group of the same name. With a gimmicky look inspired by Bette
Davis’s makeup in “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” and the name conjured from
an Ouija board session, Alice Cooper soon attracted the attention of rock
legend Frank Zappa, who found them just strange enough to sign to his newly
created Straight Records.
Cooper has changed over the years, becoming a
radio personality and golf addict, undergoing drug and alcohol rehab, and
turning to born-again Christianity. But his brand of Grand Guignol rock ’n’ roll
theater remains constant. On stage, he’s still not Mr. Nice Guy.